DARIEN - Hinsdale South's offensive line begins to change their tactics in order to bring home wins and be considered for the IHSA football playoffs, High School Cube News reports. According to High School Cube News,
"Hinsdale South must win its last two games to be considered for the IHSA football playoffs.
Frank Cabrera hopes to be there for all of them after the offensive lineman couldn’t play down the stretch a year ago. He was the only junior on an all-senior offensive line back then for Hinsdale South, which finished last season with a 6-4 record after losing to Oak Forest 29-0 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
The Hornets (3-4, 3-1 West Suburban Gold) had their window of opportunity for this year’s playoffs narrowed with a 17-7 loss to Hinsdale Central (4-3) Friday night in the 31st annual Doings Cup. South’s last win over Central was 35-27 in 2001.
Cabrera is the leader on the line for Hinsdale South’s offense, which has changed direction during the course of the season. Beginning the year under senior quarterback Jake Czajkowski, the Hornets expected to score through the air using weapons such as wide receiver Mark Watson and Shaun Dulleck. That would compensate for the loss of running back Arian Toney, who suffered a fracture to his foot in the preseason.
Eventually Czajkowski returned to linebacker and junior Rob Regan stepped in at QB to ignite a rushing attack with Michael Fassero, Alex Holmstrom and Robert Hall.
Meanwhile, the offensive line adapted as the season progressed.
“We just have to do our jobs and read the defense,” said Cabrera, a Darien resident.
As a two-year starter at left guard, Cabrera is Hinsdale South’s biggest offensive player at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. He started playing football at Eisenhower Jr. High and was always considered one of the biggest players on the team.
Cabrera isn’t thinking about playing at the next level while staying focused on a possible playoff berth."
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